Germany announced to provide an additional 1 million euro for the IDPoor program to technically support the cash-transfer program for poor people. Germany and Australia have been working with the Ministry of Planning through GIZ over ten years in building and maintaining a system for identifying poor and vulnerable households. The IDPoor database is updated regularly. It is crucial to administer the cash-transfer for poor people, recently established by the Kingdom of Cambodia. Currently, 560,000 households (2.3 million Cambodians) are eligible for the new cash transfer. Since its inception, Germany has contributed 7.1 million euro (approx. 8 million USD) and Australia 14 million A$ (approx. 10 million USD).
“Until now, the Cambodian government has been very successful in dealing with the health crisis. By supporting poor households, it has taken right steps to cushion the economic effects. Germany is happy to support the Cambodian government in this important endeavor through German technical expertise” said His Excellency Christian Berger, German Ambassador to Cambodia.
During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, Germany has already supported the Kingdom with EUR 1.5 million to improve virus testing at the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge.